Mixing business with pleasure. This is what I love about my job. We get to check out places which can be recommended to our guests. This time, our task brought us to the bustling town of Oslob, in the southern part of Cebu. Oslob is well-known for whale shark encounters.
We left the resort (which is in San Fernando) at around 0700H in the morning going to Tan-awan, Oslob. 2 hours after, we arrived at Oslob’s LGU Whale Shark Watching Center. The surrounding is clean, but the comfort room is a little smelly. The toilet bowl is broken; you have to do manual flushing. They should fix this little problem, considering the revenue they get from running this tour. From the shore, we saw a baby whale shark’s fin. There were many tourists when we got there. We didn’t avail of their services, we just checked the place. Whale shark encounter is fun, but I don’t agree with the idea of feeding them. I understand that they do this so that the whale sharks will just stay, thereby also ensuring their livelihood. But when you constantly feed them, they will be dependent on that. Their wild instincts will be curbed, and they will no longer be able to survive on their own. The local municipality of Oslob should follow the Donsol Whale Shark Project. For me, it’s a more natural way of interacting with these gentle giants.
The view from the shore
Me and my workmates
After that, we headed to our main itinerary – theTumalog Falls, which is about 5 kilometers from Tan-awan. Going up the mountain by car is about 15-20 minutes. A parking area is provided at the entrance. Entrance fee is Php20.00 for adults and Php10.00 for kids. One can take a motorcycle going down to the falls at Php20.00 per person. You can also request the driver to pick you up at a specified time, but this time, rate will be Php30.00 per person as the way going back is really uphill. We opted to walk, which is more enjoyable. The road is steep, but concrete. We walked for about 15 minutes. When we finally arrived at the falls, I was in awe. The scene is really beautiful and natural. Except for a few tables at the side of the falls, the area is untouched by any other man-made structures. They do have a changing room, a few meters before the falls. Aside from those, all you could see is natural beauty. The air is fresh and the water is cool with a depth of about 2-3 feet only. The water seems to fall like raindrops. Sarah and I did not let this chance pass by without dipping in. It was really cold at first, but after a few seconds, your body temperature will adjust and all you could do is just enjoy the moment. The changing room is not finished yet, as there is still no light and no shower head. There is a faucet at the wash basin though, and they also have water dipper which you could use. Now I’ll let the pictures do the talking 🙂
Getting ready for the long hike
And the journey has begun…
The long and winding road.
Almost there… there it is!
You’re greeted by this site… a small natural pool.
Here at last!
Just a lovely sight…
Me and Sarah… with a perfect backdrop behind us.
Of course our Supervisor had to do a pose too 🙂
Posing before taking a dip… can’t wait!
Up close and personal at the foot of the falls… the water felt so good.
When we headed down to find a place to eat, we went back to Tan-awan and inquired at a local restaurant. They serve fish and meat that can be cooked according to a customer’s preference. The rate was pretty expensive so we decided to eat at one of the town center’s carenderia 🙂 And it turnded out, some tourists also prefer to eat here as well too. Even foreigners found the price expensive too 🙂 Would have been acceptable if the fish is taken fresh from the aquarium, but instead it’s taken from an ice bucket 😦
Nice front view,simple and clean interiors… oh! you have to take your shoes/slippers off before you can get in. They have wifi as well. One of workmates said, “Mao diay mahal kay naa wifi.” 😀
Aside from whale shark and the falls, you can also go to Sumilon Island. This wasn’t included in our list for this day’s trip. But we’re already planning to go there this summer! And on our way home, I saw this resort in Boljoon – the Club Fort Med. It really captured my eyes as it is so picturesque. I’m thinking of going there this summer with my family, maybe for an overnight 🙂 Can’t wait!
Stay tuned for more updates on the places to go not only for summer, but whole year round. Ciao!